Chicago is Revving Up: Everything You Need to Know about NASCAR Weekend in Chicago

Photograph by Frank Albrecht

There is a lot happening in Chicago this weekend. Anticipation fills the air as the NASCAR Street Race prepares to take over the city streets on July 1st (The Loop 121) and 2nd (Grant Park 220). To celebrate this thrilling event, a wide range of fabulous escapades awaits you in the Windy City. From concerts and free festivities to restaurant specials, Chicago offers a plethora of entertainment, dining, and cultural experience! Plan your itinerary and make the most of this action-packed weekend in Chicago!

NASCAR’S Fight Against Hunger: June 28

Mark your calendars with a gratifying event that binds entertainment and innovation! The NASCAR Foundation and the NASCAR Chicago Street Race have joined forces to present “Fueling the Fight to End Hunger,” an exclusive fundraising dinner. This affair supports the Greater Chicago Food Depository, a non-profit organization dedicated to ending hunger and locating its root causes.

NASCAR drivers, celebrities, and community figures will be in attendance for the dinner on June 28th from 6pm to 9pm. Steak 48, renowned for its exceptional food and commitment to the community, will be the event’s food focus. They have generously donated the evening’s offerings to maximize the donation to the Greater Chicago Food Depository!

History in the Making: NASCAR Street Race

Experience history in the making as the first-ever NASCAR Cup Series street race takes over downtown Chicago. The race course winds through iconic landmarks, creating an awe-inspiring spectacle.

It will kick off with a special performance by Roman Banks, star of the upcoming national tour of MJ, a musical about Michael Jackson. All thanks to Broadway in Chicago, Banks will perform the national anthem before the Xfinity Series race, which will be broadcast nationally on USA Network!

Afterwards, the race will begin at the North Gate of Butler Field! Fans are welcome to witness the official opening at 9am sharp on the first day. Don’t miss this thrilling escapade as it takes over the city throughout the weekend. Plus, live performances by Miranda Lambert, The Chainsmokers, Charley Crockett, and The Black Crowes will be filling the air with some lovely melodies before and after the race. Visit for more details!

NASCAR Street Race Night: Navy Pier

Additionally, Navy Pier will be hosting a Nascar Night on June 27th! Don’t miss out on this esports event presented by Logitech, iRacing, and Coca-Cola. Experience the virtual thrill of driving the Chicago Street Course using official iRacing simulators, an instrumental aspect in the development of the Chicago Street Course. The vibes will be enhanced with a live DJ set, open from 5pm to 9:30pm!

Capture memorable moments with photo opportunities alongside the Grant Park 220 trophy and the NASCAR Cup Series Trophy! Explore NASCAR merchandise, take photos with the NASCAR Next Gen Show Car, and expand your knowledge with the NASCAR 101 challenge. This free event is the dream of every NASCAR fan, so take advantage!

NASCAR Street Race Night: Wrigley Field

Experience the fusion of NASCAR and baseball at Wrigley Field for NASCAR Night with the Chicago Cubs. This special event brings NASCAR activations, music, and appearances by NASCAR Cup Series drivers to the iconic baseball stadium. Take advantage of the NASCAR Night ticket offer, which includes admission to the Chicago Cubs game against the Philadelphia Phillies and a collectible NASCAR-themed bobblehead! Join in on the excitement at Wrigley Field on Thursday, June 29th, at first pitch!

Alternative Nascar Celebrations

Rosebud on Randolph

Rev up your NASCAR weekend in Chicago with unbeatable specials at Rosebud on Randolph! Enjoy $15 burgers, spaghetti marinara, and meatball subs, and top it off with a domestic beer for just $5. Fuel your appetite for victory and savor the flavors of race day at Rosebud on Randolph, a CP favorite! Make your reservation here to secure your spot!

Chicago French Market

Enhance your NASCAR weekend with a culinary pit stop at the Chicago French Market. Open on July 1st from 9am to 4pm, this marketplace offers a diverse array of gourmet delights and local treats. Stop by before the race to gather all the munching necessities to fuel up for the exciting endeavors awaiting you on the track!

Lure FishBar

If you can’t be amid the action, the NASCAR Patio Pitstop Menu at Lure Fishbar wants to celebrate with you. The establishment will be offering delicious sliders, seafood, and cocktails. Head to River North on July 1st and July 2nd between 4pm and 6:30pm to satisfy your hunger and racing expectations!


Venteux, an exquisite French brasserie and oyster bar, also invites you to join them. Situated just a stone’s throw away from the action on Michigan Ave, Venteux has a special offer for race attendees. Present your race ticket and enjoy an exclusive 20% discount on your bill, ensured to enhance your race weekend. Whether you’re looking to refuel with an early morning brunch, starting at 7 am, or indulge in a sumptuous dinner from 4 pm onwards, Venteux is the perfect haven to recharge and savor remarkable cuisine!


Attention all NASCAR fans! Get ready as Mariano’s (2112 N. Ashland Avenue, Chicago, IL) brings the excitement of the Grant Park 220 to life. On June 30th, the Mariano’s parking lot will host an event where you can meet racing sensation Ricky Stenhouse Jr. From 3pm to 4:30pm! Get up close and personal with Stenhouse Jr. and soak in the anticipation before he takes the wheel of the No. 47 Mariano’s® / SUNNYD® Camaro for the adrenaline-pumping 100-Lap Street Race on July 2nd. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to connect with your favorite driver and gear up for the ultimate racing experience!

Be part of this catalytic endeavor that combines NASCAR racing with an increasingly meaningful cause, delicious bites, and an incredible amount of fun! Get your tickets here and experience Chicago like never before! For more information on the event, click here!

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